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"Having been an MBA member in my previous position, I've seen the impact Opens Doors has on families who rent and own the homes we finance. I am honored to join a Board so committed to families in our communities, and I look forward to helping the Foundation grow."
"My four year old niece, Anna, has advanced brain cancer. I am 27 years old at the time, laying in a hospital bed, blood being drawn from one arm, going through a centrifuge to extract platelets, and being pushed backed into my other arm. When the blood re-enters my body it has cooled and despite the summer heat and humidity, I am freezing, covered in a blanket. Anna's parents, my sister a secretary at the local electric utility, and brother-in-law a policeman walking a beat in inner-city Philadelphia, lives are in chaos. Their other two daughters are struggling with the day-to-day of life as their parents spend their time and money tending to Anna. They are emotionally and financially drained, what little money they have goes to hospital bills and keeping up is a challenge. I am frustrated as I watch them struggle ... their marriage suffers. I am a graduate student and the only thing I can offer is the platelets coursing through my veins. Anna needs the platelets to fight off the devastating effects of the massive doses of radiation and chemo she is receiving. So I give as frequently and as much as the doctors will allow me to give. If only Opens Doors had been available to help families like Anna's."
"As a pediatrician and the medical director of the Complex Care Program at Children's National, I see first-hand what families go through as they try to manage the care of their medically complex child while simultaneously meeting the competing needs of family, work, and life in general. The emotional toll and financial burden can be overwhelming. The Opens Doors Foundation provides families with a much needed lift in difficult times. Knowing their home is secure enables a family to focus on their child and family, providing an easier path to recovery."
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